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Heavenly Island is a serialized manga by Naoki Serizawa, published in Weekly Shonen Champion. Like Serizawa's previous work, Marhawa Desire, it is a canon installment in the Resident Evil series. It began its run on March 6th, 2015.

A Japanese game show called "Idol Survival" sets up to film on an island in South America, where they plan to send "gravure" models into the wilderness as part of a competition. The producers are unaware that neighboring islands have recently reported the appearance of virally-induced mutants.

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As Claire Redfield arrives on the island to investigate the mutants on behalf of TerraSave, the "Idol Survival" competitors soon discover the source of the mutations: the jungle interior of the island is home to horrifically mutated humans, who attack them on sight.


Resident Evil: Heavenly Island provides examples of the following tropes:

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The majority of the contestants and crew. Important examples include Coco, Kylie and Laura.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Some of the girls have outfits that show some cleavage.
  • Action Girl: Claire, of course, as well as her co-worker Inéz Diaco.
  • Action Survivor: Laura Bierce, up until she is infected. Plus Tominaga and Mayu.
  • Advertising Disguised as News: Mike manipulated Idol Survival into filming its latest season on Sonido De Tortuga Island so he could unleash the B.O.W.s upon the game show contestants. He would then use the resulting news coverage to advertise the B.O.W.s' power to bio-terrorists and make a profit. Unfortunately for him, the first monster he releases, Schraube Damon, minces him from the waist up before he could enact his plan.
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  • Air-Vent Passageway: While trapped in the laboratory room, Claire spots an air duct that leads to the control room with the computer activating the door lock. She manages to get inside the air duct after using the Schraube Damon as a springboard, with help from Tominaga, who distracts the Schraube Damon with his attacks.
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  • Amateur Sleuth: Claire does some investigating on the neighbouring Sanahoria island before setting off to find Inez. She discovers that the local fisherman have been encountering mutated fish likely originating from Sonido De Tortuga island, and that said island was once owned by the late Ozwell Spencer, founder of the defunct Umbrella Corporation.
  • Anchors Away: Morio wields an anchor as well as a harpoon, connected to each other by a giant chain. He can also use it as a grappling hook when falling from a cliff.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Laura slaps Tominaga hard enough for it to hurt him after he accidentally ran face first into her breasts while fleeing from a zombified Coco, thinking he was sexually harassing her.
  • Arranged Marriage: Marilou's dead parents engaged her to a villager named Lopez. There are hints that Lopez was not a pleasant person, prompting Marilou's elder brother to protect her. Lopez disappeared soon after, and is eventually revealed to have become the Schraube Damon.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Tominaga.
  • Ax-Crazy: After revealing her true colours to the other survivors, Zi Li turns out to be flat out sick in the head, taking great pleasure in torturing people. She gets even worse after her mutation.
  • Badass in Distress: After discovering a lab within an old temple, Inez is captured along with Marilou by the hostile locals. Later, Claire becomes this when she and the other survivors are captured by Zi Li after she reveals her true nature as a psychopathic spy.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: The Shaman's rituals include decapitating farm animals, to the horror of Tominaga and the others when they're invited to such an event.
  • Bare Your Midriff: All the girls, considering it is on an island with a reality show involving swimsuit models. Claire and Inez both have midriff baring outfits as well. Marilou seems to be the only female character who isn't baring her midriff.
  • Battle in the Rain: The battle between Parker's squad and Schraube Damon takes place in the rain.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: As Assistant Director, Tominaga puts up with a lot.
  • Berserk Button: Inez appears to hate seeing her friends being assaulted, as it's stated that she and Claire were friends with Marilou after they gave a lecture at her school and when she sees Mike Seaman assault Marilou, she charges him and nearly punches him in the face.
  • Big Breasts, Big Deal: Many of the models have huge breasts, Inez does too.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: As Claire lampshades in the epilogue, the crisis on the island was dealt with, but with a heavy price paid, cue a shot of all the corpses of those who died, including most of the models, the film crew, Parker's BSAA team and Inez, while also showing corpses of people who kind of deserved it, including Dirk Miller and the Sheng-Ya death squad.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Tominaga has poor eyesight without his glasses on, which is demonstrated at the end of the manga: He tries to touch Mayu's face with his hand but misses — despite Mayu sitting right next to him. Mayu, however, tells him that he looks really cute without his glasses.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Inez sports a pixie cut.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Inez coughs up a large amount of blood when she is impaled by the hunter.
  • Call-Back: The story ends up building on threads from Resident Evil 5 and Revelations 2. Claire finds a photo of Spencer in the island's property records, and when they find their way into the old facility, there's a picture of Alex Wesker on a desk.
    • Coco's violent death at the start of the series calls back to the start of ''Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, where a zombified student killed another student.
    • Another minor example, when Inez is fatally wounded by the hunter, she coughs up blood. Much like Merah had when she was fatally injured by Nanan's tentacles. Both die with a Last Request.
    • And again, when zombie Laura appears in the final shot of the manga, it is similar to how an infected student appeared in the final shot of The Marhawa Desire.
  • The Cameo: Chris Redfield makes a brief appearance when Claire calls him to explain the situation at Sonido De Tortuga island. Since he's currently on a mission in the Mojave Desert, Chris is unable to provide assistance, so he sends Parker Luciani instead.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes Tominaga when he tells them about his encounter with an infected Coco until it's too late.
  • Casting Couch: Tominaga once heard a rumour that Yuuki slept with a producer as part of a business deal, and wonders if it's true after Yuuki offers to sleep with him if he protects her from the monsters. After getting to know her he decides it's not true.
  • The Cavalry: Claire, Parker and a helicopter full of B.S.A.A. soldiers show up just in time to save Inez and Marilou from Schraube Damon.
  • Character Death: Inez in chapter 31, impaled through the body by a Hunter's claws.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Kylie, the previous Idol Survival champion who is known for her dirty tactics, trips up Yuuki during the first round. She's soon after impaled by a giant harpoon.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tominaga and some of his fellow crew members dig a pit trap which they then put dirt and sand on top of prior to starting the show, with Tominaga himself placing a piece of driftwood on it to mark its location. It comes in handy near the end of the story when the mutated Zi Li, with only her head remaining, continues to pursue him and Mayu: Tominaga throws a grenade in her mouth, carries Mayu, and jumps into the pit trap just as Zi Li's head explodes. Tominaga and Mayu, having fallen into the pit, are unharmed from the explosion.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Anderson had brought several firearms with him on the trip, and they soon come in handy.
  • Crazy Survivalist: As a former B.S.A.A. member, Survival Advisor Brown Anderson know how to survive in the wild. He builds some snares to catch any zombies that come too close to their location, one of which catches Tominaga.
  • Crush Blush: Having feelings for Yuuki, Tominaga does this a lot towards her.
  • Damsel in Distress: Marilou and Yuuki fall into this more than once. Justified since they are just normal girls with no combat skills or prior experience with B.O.W.s.
  • Dark Action Girl: Zi Li is not only bat-shit crazy, she has powerful combat skills. After revealing herself as a spy she wipes the floor with Claire and Tominaga.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: Schraube Damon utilises large fans strapped to his arms that are capable of rendering victims to mulch, including Mike. He even throws one at a helicopter to bring it down.
  • Declaration of Protection: Tominaga promises to protect Yuuki after they are attacked by Morio.
  • Disney Death: Parker seemingly dies of internal injuries inflicted by Morio, but is revealed near the end to have survived.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Inez dies in Claire's arms.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: When a mutated Zi Li captures Marilou with the full intention of torturing her to death, she rips off Marilou's necklace as she tears at the girl's dress.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Dirk Miller, shortly after he reveals himself, Zi Li ambushes him and subdues him, murdering him later on. Zi Li is the real main antagonist.
  • Driven to Suicide: Crazy Alek puts a pistol in his mouth to escape being eaten alive.
  • Dub Name Change: The English translation misnames Zi Li as 'Julie'.
  • Dying as Yourself:
    • Brown when he becomes infected.
    • Morio, who shows up and unexpectedly fights the mutated Zi Li, seemingly to protect Marilou, given the fact that he was once her older brother.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Tominaga started off as a film crew member always getting yelled at by the director and avoiding conflict to protecting the girls going from Zero To Hero throughout the series. In the end, he and Mayu work together to kill the mutated Zi Li, Tominaga being wounded in the process. He and Mayu are hinted to have become romantically involved.
    • Marilou also counts; after losing her home and family, she joins TerraSave and goes to live a better life.
  • Eaten Alive: Many characters are subjected to this by the zombies. One film crew member even lampshades this as he's being devoured by the zombies.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Marilou wears a lot of tribal jewellery.
  • Evil Wears Black: Zi Li is the only major female character who wears a black swimsuit, and is probably one of the evilest women in the franchise.
  • Elite Mooks: The Sheng-Ya death squad that shows up later in the series, they immediately begin killing all the zombies and capture Claire, Tominaga, Mayu and Marilou. They may have killed them once they were done interrogating them, had a mutated Zi Li not shown up and slaughtered them all. As a dying operative points out, they didn't even last a few minutes against her.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The mutant fish Claire encounters in the fish market has eyes all over its body.
  • Eye Scream: When eliminating the hostile locals guarding the temple, Zi Li at one point thrusts two fingers in a poor bastard's eye sockets. The sheer brutality of this foreshadows her sadistic nature.
  • Facial Horror: In the last few minutes before their zombification, Brown and Laura's face begin to decay.
  • Fast-Roping: How Claire, Parker and the B.S.A.A. squad descend from the helicopters.
  • Fanservice: Given pretty much all idol survival girls are in swimsuits, it's self-explanatory. Also, Claire wears a shirt that bares her midriff because it's tied in a knot at the side. Inez wears an outfit baring her midriff, which at times in the comic is shown to be muscular.
  • Fan Dis Service: There are plenty of moments, the zombified models, as they have strips of flesh missing and are shown to be decaying with the skin that is left. Plus, after Inez is impaled, she coughs up blood and her corpse is covered in blood afterward. Plus, the final shots in the epilogue include corpses of the people who died, including Dirk Miller and Inez.
  • Game Show: Idol Survival, a popular game show in which swimsuit models participate in a survival game on a deserted island. Unfortunately this year they picked the wrong island.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The team of mercenaries Zi Li is working with all wear gas masks to protect themselves from infection.
  • Goofy Suit: For the game show, comedian Crazy Alek is required to wear a cartoon monkey costume. He's royally pissed when he finds out.
  • Handsome Lech: Mike is good looking enough, but at one point he forces Zi Li to remove her bikini top so he can ogle her breasts.
  • Hellish Copter: Schraube Damon destroys all the B.S.A.A. helicopters during his battle with them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Claire cries when Inez dies.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Laura pulls this, running from the group when she finds out she's infected, then later pleads with Tominaga to kill her. However, he can't bring himself to do it and leaves her when she tells him, later coming back as a zombie and unknowingly saves him from Zi Li.
  • Hero Killer: Averted, Zi Li doesn't kill Claire, but she does give her a good beating, enough that she's out of commission for a while.
  • Hot Weather: Given the fact that it's on a tropical island, which is why everyone is dressed for hot weather, and sometimes the characters are seen sweating.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: After witnessing an animal sacrifice, Tominaga identifies the village's practices as voodoo, and comments on how it could supposedly bring the dead back to life.
  • If We Survive This / If We Get Through This...: Tominaga tells Mayu: "If we get out of this alive... I'd like to go out with you sometime." Claire's log at the epilogue hints that they make good on that promise.
  • Impaled Palm: When he starts to succumb to the infection, Brown skewers his hand to a tree with a knife to keep from attacking Laura.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Morio uses his giant harpoon to skewer his victims, including Coco and Kylie. Later on, a hunter impales Inez through her chest and stomach with its claws.
  • Important Hair Accessory: Yuuki gives Tominaga her headband, and he wears it for the rest of the series.
  • Indy Ploy: Tominaga keeps getting backed into a corner and having to rely on improvisation to survive.
  • Inescapable Net: The B.S.A.A. tries to ensnare Schraube Damon in a net, only for him to cut himself free with his blades.
  • In-Series Nickname: After first getting attacked by the harpoon wielding monster, Tominaga decides to give it the nickname 'Morio.'
  • Intimidation Demonstration: When Mike assaults Marilou when she protests the crew's filming on the island, Inez does this to teach him a lesson.
  • Inconsistent Dub: English Dub of the series has a few spelling errors and translation errors, like incorrectly naming Zi Li as "Julie".
  • It Can Think: As well as being intelligent enough to wield weapons and use an anchor as a grappling hook, there are hints early in the series that Morio still has memories from his past life. He builds a 'village' of zombies in a cave to replicate his old home, and vows revenge on Tominaga and Yuuki when they burn the whole place to the ground.
  • I Owe You My Life: Yuuki is this way with Tominaga after he saves her life. Even saying he's allowed to touch her breasts when he pleased.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Laura decides to isolate herself in a room when she realizes she's infected, not wanting to endanger the others.
  • Jerkass: Mike Seamen, the Program Producer, is a self-centered sleaze bag even without the revelation that he's a mole. When Marilou protests the filming of Idol Survival on the island, he dismisses and assaults her, drawing Inez's wrath.
  • Jungle Drums: The hostile natives are seen beating these during the opening sacrifice.
  • Kill It with Fire: Using flammable paint thinner and a lighter, Tominaga and Yuuki incinerate the zombies in Morio's underground 'village'.
  • Kill 'Em All: Considering how many people were introduced, mostly as the models and production crew, the only ones to survive (Besides Claire and Parker) are Tominaga, Mayu, Marilou, and a Not Quite Dead BSAA Helicopter pilot. Laura only makes it out as the last zombie to still roam the currently quarantined island.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: Between Tominaga and Mayu at the end.
  • Latino Is Brown: Averted with Inez, her name suggests she is Portuguese, but she is Caucasian.
  • Last Request:
    • Brown's last request to Tominaga is to make sure he protects the girls; ultimately, the only other girl who makes it besides Marilou and Claire is Yuuki, Zi Li turns out to be the Big Bad, is mutated and killed, and Laura is infected and zombified.
    • Later on, Inez's last request is for everyone to make sure to get out alive. Again, only 4 out of the group, Claire, Marilou, Tominaga and Yuuki make it, aside from Parker and Hendrickson, 2 of the BSAA members, who weren't part of their group of survivors.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Claire is seen without her signature ponytail in her first few appearances, but she promptly ties her hair back up again after deciding to take action to rescue Inez and Marilou.
  • Male Gaze: When Claire makes her introduction in a local fish market, a lot of men are seen staring at her butt.
  • Malevolent Masked Men:
    • The Shaman wears a creepy looking mask, hiding his identity as Dirk Miller, a scientist who once worked for Alex Wesker.
    • Morio and Schraube Damon wear masks that are even more disturbing.
  • Marshmallow Hell: When Tominaga is running from zombie Coco, he ends up running face first into Laura's breasts.
  • Mean Boss: Program Direction Matthew Espinosa is not a nice man. Hard to feel sorry for him when he's eaten by a zombie.
  • Meaningful Name: The Kodoku Project, which invokes 'survival of the fittest', is named after an ancient Chinese ritual in which hundreds of large insects, snakes and lice are entrapped in a jar to consume each other until one remained. The surviving creature would then bear a powerful curse.
  • Ms Fan Service: Claire and Inez are both half-dressed due to the weather in the tropics, but the real prize comes from the gravure models, as one might expect. The lot of them are in elaborate bikinis and end up having to stay that way. Those who perish and zombify become Fan Disservice for obvious reasons.
  • The Mole: Mike Seaman is working for an unknown company to collect data on BO Ws and wants to control them. He doesn't last long though. Zi Li, one of the models, appears to be working for him but is later revealed to be actually working for Sheng-Ya pharmaceuticals, a competitor of the now defunct Umbrella corporation.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Schraube Damon has four arms.
  • Neck Snap: Zi Li also kills one of the Shaman's goons by snapping his neck enough that it's twisted almost all the way around. She later kills Dirk Miller in the same manner.
  • Nice Girl: Yuuki Mayu and Marilou play this straight. Claire and Inez also count. Zi Li averts this, she was only pretending to be in order to hide her true nature until she was ready to reveal herself as The Mole.
  • Nice Guy: Tominaga and Brown. Chris also (He only appears briefly.) Parker, and Hendricks.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tominaga and the surviving contestants stumble onto the B.S.A.A.'s battle with the Schraube Damon just as they were getting to upper hand, unintentionally leading Morio right to them. It's somewhat mitigated in that Schraube Damon and Morio start fighting each other the moment their eyes meet.
  • Nice Shoes: In place of flip flops, most of the contestants wear some very fancy looking sandals as part of their outfits. Laura for example has gladiator sandals going all to way up to her knees.
  • Obviously Evil: When Claire questioned some locals on a neighbouring island, they spoke of a man who once own the island, who according to them 'stank' of evil. Claire does some investigating and discovers that person to be Ozwell Spencer.
  • Prima Donna Director: Matthew Espinosa, the Program Director.
  • Quirky Town: Morio had been taking zombified locals to a large cave and creating a 'zombie village' resembling his hometown from when he was still human. When Tominaga and Yuuki come across the village and burn all the zombies while escaping, Morio flips his shit and becomes obsessed with killing them.
  • Religion of Evil: At the very start of the series, a masked shaman is seen performing what appears to be a sacrifice involving a decapitated pig and a captive native in front of a crowd of villagers, implying some kind of cult. The truth is more complicated, as explained in Town with a Dark Secret below.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Marilou makes her first appearance in this series, but has been friends with Claire and Inez since they visited her high school to give a lecture on Bioterror. This is also Inez's first appearance, but from some dialogue it seems she and Claire have known each other for a while.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A hunter is awakened from storage to kill the survivors when they enter the facility, and it succeeds in killing Inez.
  • Resist the Beast: Brown manages to hold off his zombie instincts long enough to pull the trigger for Tominaga when he can't bring himself to kill the infected man.
  • Seeking the Missing, Finding the Dead: Since the Shaman showed people, people have been disappearing from the local village, including Marilou's brother and fiancé. It later becomes apparent that all the missing people are either dead, zombified or turned into monsters. Marilou discovers to her horror that the two most powerful monsters are her brother and fiancé.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The Survival Advisor hired for the game show, Brown Anderson, turns out to be a former member of the B.S.A.A., who quit after a bio-terrorist attack wiped out his entire unit.
  • Smug Snake: Mike Seaman thought he could easily control the B.O.W.s using computer commands and set them on the helpless contestants. The Shaman calls him out on his arrogance moments before he is minced by the first B.O.W. he releases.
  • Sole Survivor: Subverted, there are a total of 4 survivors. Claire, the only surviving TerraSave member, Tominaga is the only survivor of the film crew, and Yuki is the only surviving gravure model, and Laura is the only "surviving" zombie.
  • Soft Water: Averted. After being cornered by zombies on the top of the boat, Laura is worried about the height but dives anyway to escape being devoured. She escapes without injury because she uses proper diving technique. When Brown falls into the water after her, he lands badly and knocks himself unconscious, forcing Laura to save him.
  • Staking the Loved One: Averted in both Brown and Laura's cases. Despite requests from both infectees, Tominaga can't bring himself to kill them. In response, Brown pulls the trigger himself, and Laura staggers away so she won't attack anyone. The result of the latter case winds up saving everyone's lives.
  • Suggestive Collision: The first time Tominaga encounters a zombified Coco, he flees and runs face-first into Laura's breast. Since she didn't see the zombie, Laura assumes he did it deliberately and slaps him.
  • Tempting Fate: When the Sheng-Ya death squad arrives at the beach and guns down the zombie horde without trouble, one of the squad member remarks that their job is too easy. Not long afterwards, a mutated Zi Li shows up just as the squad is holding the survivors hostage and proceeds to annihilate the entire squad within minutes.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: When the mutated barracuda in the fish market comes alive and endangers the locals, Claire quickly resolves the situation by throwing a machete, skewering the fish to a wooden pole. The locals are suitably impressed.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: As Claire discovers in the local archives, the town's founder Ozwell Spencer owned the island, which he used for trust scientist Alex Wesker's 'Kodoku Project' that invoked 'survival of the fittest', in which they put dozens of test subjects against each other in a fight to the death with the intention of creating a vastly powerful virus from the surviving subject (Schraube Damon). When Alex betrayed Spencer and disappeared before said project could be completed, her subordinate Dr. Dirk Miller took over the project in her place and by posing as the Shaman assumed leadership over the superstitious islanders and manipulated them into becoming test subjects. Over time he not only killed off the populace but 'weeded out' the research staff so he would have sole possession of the virus once it was created.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Soon after the ship's arrival at the island, Morio sneaks on-board and destroys the engine, preventing any chance of escape. It's later revealed that as part of the Kodoku Project, test subjects were programmed to prevent anyone from leaving the island.
  • Villainous Rescue: More than one, and they are all accidental.
    • When the B.S.A.A. unit led by Parker is decimated and Parker himself is grievously injured fighting Morio, Schraube Damon, which the unit had been battling earlier, attacks Morio, resulting in them dueling each other and ignoring Parker, who passes out from his injury.
    • Right after the door of the laboratory room where Tominaga, Yuuki, Laura, and Marilou are trapped within opens, Morio enters the room, resuming his duel against Schraube Damon, which Tominaga was battling. This gives Tominaga, Yuuki, Laura, and Marilou the opportunity they need to escape the room.
    • While not exactly a villain, Laura is infected and zombified when she attacks Zi Li and ends up saving Tominaga from further torture by her, biting Zi Li in the neck and knocking them both off a high edge. Unfortunately, Zi Li survives and injects herself with the virus and mutates.
    • Later, Zi Li, gone crazy from her mutation by this point, kills all of the Sheng Ya Elite Mooks holding the group hostage.
    • When Zi Li captures Marilou and is on the verge of killing her, Morio attacks Zi Li, giving Claire, Tominaga, and Yuuki enough time to plot a strategy, which gets carried out: Tominaga frees Marilou while Morio holds Zi Li at bay long enough for Claire to fire her rocket launcher at her.
  • War Is Hell: In Brown's backstory; the horrors of fighting bio-terrorism and the deaths of his teammates drove him to quit the B.S.A.A.
  • We Need a Distraction:
    • Parker distracts Morio to allow Claire and the survivors to reach the secret facility, nearly losing his life in the process.
    • When Claire, Tominaga, Yuuki, Laura, and Marilou are trapped deep in the laboratory with Schraube Damon, Tominaga distracts Schraube Damon long enough to allow Claire to go up inside the air-duct that connects the laboratory room with the control room, getting himself slightly injured along the way.
  • Wham Line: After capturing Marilou and Inez in the lab where a giant BOW is being held, the Shaman drops a bombshell on the former:
    Shaman: It's good, isn't it, Marilou? You see, that thing over there isn't a monster... it's your husband!
  • Wham Shot: After being attacked by Coco and two other zombified women, Laurie escapes back to the beach camp, only to discover a bloodbath of zombies and devoured corpses.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Brown succumbs to the T-Virus and zombifies, Tominaga kills him and fulfills Brown's request to assume leadership of the remaining survivors.
  • Zombie Infectee: Several models make it onto the ship after zombies invade the beach, including a dancer named Molly. Unfortunately Molly has an infected wound and soon turns, causing the deaths of most of the survivors. Later in the series, Brown and Laura also turn out to be infected.
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